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Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World
Contributor(s): Bagieu, Pénélope
ISBN: 1626728682     ISBN-13: 9781626728684
Publisher: First Second
    OUR PRICE: $22.49  
Product Type: Hardcover
Published: March 2018
Annotation: Through characteristic wit and dazzling drawings, a celebrated graphic novelist profiles the lives of formidable female role models—some world famous, some little known—including Nellie Bly, Mae Jemison, Josephine Baker, Naziq al-Abid and many others, in an entertaining, comic-style biography that is sure to inspire the next generation of rebel ladies. Simultaneous.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Women; Biography; Juvenile literature.
Women; Biography; Comic books, strips, etc.
Women; Biography; Cartoons and comics.
Dewey: 920.72
LCCN: bl2018011913
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Book type: Juvenile Non-Fiction
Physical Information: 9.00" H x 6.00" W x 1.00" (1.64 lbs) 291 pages
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q73114
Reading Level: 5.7   Interest Level: Grades 9-12   Point Value: 10.0
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Contributor Bio(s): Pénélope Bagieu was born in Paris in 1982 to Corsican and Basque parents. She is a bestselling graphic novel author, and her editorial illustrations have appeared all over the French media. In America, her graphic novels include Exquisite Corpse and California Dreamin’. She blogs, plays drums in a rock band, and watches lots of nature shows.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2018 February)

Gr 8 Up—French cartoonist Bagieu (Exquisite Corpse; California Dreamin') offers 29 compelling biographies of renowned female artists, scientists, athletes, explorers, activists, and warriors. While much-profiled women such as reporter Nellie Bly and astronaut Mae Jemison appear here, so do less recognized names, including pioneering gynecologist Agnodice (active around 350 BCE in Athens); Christine Jorgensen, one of the first people from the United States to receive gender reassignment surgery; Liberian social worker Leymah Gbowee; and Syrian aristocrat-turned-activist Naziq al-Abid. Each entry covers the subject's life from birth to period of activity and, where applicable, death, across about six pages of delicately drawn panels with colorful highlights and washes. The work features humorously anachronistic props, such as modern books, as well as accurate depictions (smoking, drinking). The minimal dialogue is largely invented; declarations and thoughts are couched in distinctly 21st-century argot. The women range in age from girls to older adults at their high points of recognition and are geographically diverse. There are no source notes, but there's enough information, including dates, national origin, and married as well as birth surnames, to spur curious teens to seek out more details. VERDICT A strikingly original collective biography for casual readers, students, and those looking for inspiration in their own lives.—Francisca Goldsmith, Library Ronin, Worcester, MA

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